How to Wear Tweed Shoes
A Brief History of Tweed
Tweed is a historic material first forging its way to prevalence in Scotland during the 19th century. The name of this, at the time, new material, came about through a now very fortunate error.
The original intention was for the material to be named Tweel, this comes from the Scots word for Twill – the method of textile weaving that Tweed has become synonymous for.
However a merchant receiving a letter from a Scottish Tweel business mistook the handwriting to mean Tweed, this being taken from the nearby river in which the textile industry relies on. The name has stuck ever since.
The material had its early success traced back to peasant workers in the far-flung archipelagos of the inner and outer Hebrides.
These workers grinded day by day on farms to earn a living whilst having a desperate need for hardwearing and insulating clothing to keep warm in the bitter Scottish climate.
Tweed therefore was the obvious choice with its outstanding moisture resistant and durable characteristics. Its use throughout Scotland spread to wider areas of the UK and can now be seen as the traditional outerwear for hunting and shooting.
The Harris Tweed Story
In the remarkably cool, temperate and steady climate of the Scottish west coast, lies the archipelagos of the inner and outer Hebrides.
The isles of Lewis and Harris are one of many islands from which the material has been handcrafted for centuries, whose inhabitants weave, dye, blend, carder, spin, warp and finish the cloth that we know today.
All of our brogues feature this world-famous Tweed and our shoes take inspiration from the people whose lives have made them possible.
From the Goodyear Welted construction, to the extra light rubber soles, these shoes are made for durability, comfort and style.
We also take delight in our Sole Spring Poron Performance cushioning which offers sublime underfoot comfort and manoeuvrability. These inner soles will also mould to fit your unique foot shape providing unrivalled shock-absorption.
The timeless appeal to brogues can be seen with intrinsic details on the upper and toe of the shoes.
Brogues have become a staple of British culture – a pair of shoes that can be worn with almost anything to complete an outfit.
For an everyday look, we pair our brogues with tight, skinny jeans in either blue or black, the dark or light leather can be worn with either colour.
The tightness of the jeans should allow for a seamless flow from leg to foot, and whilst you can roll your jeans up, we recommend a complementary colour pair of socks to match, but white and black also work.
From the waist upwards, you can’t go far wrong. A jumper and jacket combination will keep you warm, whilst during the warmer months; a simple shirt will look great too.
For more formal events, the use of Tweed adds a spark of character and colour to your outfit. A pair of Tweed brogues never looks out of place paired with a three-piece suit, and you can always stack more Tweed with a jacket or waistcoat.
Hebrides Leather & Tweed Brogues by Chatham
Hebrides Tan Leather & Navy Tweed
Hebrides Dark Brown & Tweed